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Violist Roberto Diaz to Perform April 1

Story posted March 23, 2009


Internationally renowned violist Roberto Díaz H'07 will perform at Bowdoin College at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2009, in Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium.

Díaz will be joined by pianist Andrew Tyson for a program to include Manuel de Falla's Suite Populaire Espagnole; Csaba Erdélyi's arrangement of Johannes Brahms' Sonata for Viola and Piano in D Major, Op. 78; Ernest Bloch's Suite for Viola and Piano (1919); and William Primrose's Transcriptions for Viola and Piano.

Tickets are required and are available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk on campus. Tickets are $20 for the general public; and free to Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff, and members of the Association of Bowdoin Friends with ID. For more information call 725-3375 (tickets) or 725-3433 (information) during business hours.

Roberto Díaz is an internationally renowned violist and the president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

A native of Chile, he is the oldest of three siblings to attend the New England Conservatory of Music. He is formerly the principal violist of the National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich and the Philadelphia Orchestra, a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, and a member of the Minnesota Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner.

He has received numerous awards, including prizes at the Naumburg and Munich international viola competitions. His 2006 recording of William Primrose's Viola Transcriptions was nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance without Orchestra" category.

An active chamber musician, he is a member of the Díaz Trio, which has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Chile, and China. The Trio was one of two ensembles invited by Isaac Stern to participate in a special concert celebrating the next one hundred years of music making at Carnegie Hall.

He has served on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Peabody Institute, and Rice University, and has taught master classes at conservatories in the U.S. and abroad.

Bowdoin College presented Díaz with an honorary doctor of music degree in 2007.

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